2017-03-02 / Obituaries

Francis ‘De’ Ramsey


Francis Ramsey Francis Ramsey Francis “De” Ramsey, 99, was a former harbormaster of Mackinac Island. Mr. Ramsey passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017, in Cape Coral, Florida.

He was a full-time resident of North Fort Myers, Florida, since 2006, and formerly of Indian River.

He was born June 15, 1917, to Ernest and Emma Ramsey in Detroit.

During World War II, Mr. Ramsey inspected aircraft being built in the Detroit area. He would go out and talk to groups about the effort.

He was a former owner of City Cab and the Doghouse Restaurant in Cheboygan. Most of his work career was in the trucking industry. After he retired, Mr. Ramsey was employed by the State of Michigan as harbormaster on Mackinac Island.

He was past commodore of yacht clubs in Portage, Indiana, Wyandotte, and on Mackinac Island. He was a member of the Blue Gavel Organization and Lions Club. He was a past member of the Little Stone Church, Topinabee Community Church, and Slater Bible Chapel. He was also a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

Mr. Ramsey enjoyed boating, fishing, carpentry, golf, and traveling. He taught himself how to play the keyboard, and he spent many years entertaining at nursing homes in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Indian River, and Pasadena, California.

He is survived by two children and their families, Richard and Ruth Ramsey of North Fort Myers and Diana and John Sukta of Merrillville, Indiana; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, and three greatgreat grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Virginia, and several extended family members.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Ramsey was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Maude; two children, Bernice and Wilfred; six siblings, Wilfred, Harriet, Bill, George, Don, and Violet; a granddaughter, Tracy, and a great-granddaughter, Robin.

A memorial service was celebrated Sunday, February 26, at 11 a.m. at Slater Bible Chapel in North Fort Myers.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908 or Slater Bible Chapel Memorial Garden Fund, 18130 Matt Road, North Fort Myers, FL 33917.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home in Cape Coral assisted the family with arrangements.

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